Etcetera

ETCETERA

My Erdős Number is 4.

Here is a short proof:

1) P. Erdos, L. Lovasz, G.J. Simmons, E.G. Strauss: Dissection graphs of planar point sets, in: A Survey of Combinatorial Theory (ed. S. Srivastava), Springer (1973), 139–149.
2) G. Palla, L. Lovasz and T. Vicsek, Multifractal network generator, PNAS 2010; 107: 7640–7645.
3) Z. Neda, E. Ravasz, Y. Brechet, T. Vicsek, A.-L. Barabási, Self-organizing processes: The sound of many hands clapping, Nature 2000; 403: 849-850.
4) C.A. Hidalgo, N. Blumm, A.L. Barabasi, and N.A. Christakis, “A Dynamic Network Approach for the Study of Human Phenotypes,” PLoS Computational Biology 5(4): e1000353. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000353 (April 2009) MS#098

My Erdős-Bacon Number is 7, because my Bacon Number is 3.
Here is a short proof:

I was in This Emotional Life (featuring my friend Dan Gilbert) with John Leguizamo who was in Assault on Precinct 13 with Laurence Fishburne who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

My name rendered in Chinese, as suggested by Weihua An, is 古樂朋.

In order to learn more about social science concepts, particularly in economics, I highly recommend this set of links, curated by John Horton (a clever young economist and Tutor at Pforzheimer House), to articles appearing in the Onion.

I am married to Erika Christakis (lucky for me), and we have three children: Sebastian, Lysander, and Lena. Erika has a lot to say about pedagogy, especially the role of play—for instance here and here—and her blog is here.

My parents are Alexander Christakis and Eleni (Lenna) Saranti, and I grew up in Washington DC, here (that is my room in the dormer at the top). But, as a boy, I spent my summers in my grandfather’s summer house, in this village.